Paloma Santiago

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Junior Achievement of Arizona is happy to announce Paloma L. Santiago, as the new District Director for Southern Arizona, she will succeed Charles Zaepfel who recently retired. Santiago will work with her team to increase funding for programming for students including the new JA Inspire Program that focuses on career readiness.

Vivacious, determined and hardworking, Paloma builds strong connections between individuals, corporations and communities. Her 24 years of professional experience in the media, nonprofit and business sectors, includes overseeing marketing, public relations, special events, strategic planning, corporate relations, relationship building and finally, fundraising.

Santiago comes from San Miguel High School where she was Vice President of Advancement and led her team in tripling development revenue in a five-year period bringing much needed resources to students and faculty.

Paloma circles back to Junior Achievement of Arizona after serving as Development Manager from 2010- 2013. Paloma serves on the board for Social Venture Partners, is a member of the Foothills Club of Tucson, and a participant of the Class of 2023 as well as serves on the social committee for Greater Tucson Leadership. She herself is a volunteer for JA and is coming up on her 10-year anniversary of volunteering for the organization.

Paloma spends her free time traveling whether it be solo, with her friends, or with her two sons and mother. For downtime, she enjoys walking her dogs, hiking, painting, and yoga.